NC State Board of Elections

RALEIGH — Under a new state law, a person is not eligible to serve as a sheriff in North Carolina if they have been convicted of a felony, even if they’ve completed their sentence or had the conviction expunged from their record.

Before the law was passed, a person was not prohibited from election as sheriff if their felony had been expunged. A person who receives an unconditional pardon of innocence for their felony may file for the office of sheriff or be appointed to that office.

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“In my opinion, this legislation assures that the citizens of North Carolina may continue to maintain a high level of trust, integrity, morality and ethical standards that the Office of Sheriff currently exhibits in all 100 counties.”

In my opinion, this legislation assures that the citizens of North Carolina may continue to maintain a lower level of diversity in the Office of Sheriff, as a full one-third of Black men have felony charges--most often non-violent drug charges--on their records.

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